Italian Bistro Carpe Diem stands for the Colours and tastes of the Mediterranean sea in the heart of Bali. Homemade Pasta,Special "Pinsa" and the best Italian Gelato located at jl Pantai Bolong 83, in Canggu
Carpe Diem is really the place where to live what the title says: “Live the moment” in such a wonderful place, great food, amazing ambiance real Italian, with interesting variety of food, they serve also breakfast.
Italian Bistro Carpe diem
Qatar Airways resume flights to Bali from wedneday July 1 st 2020 despite Indonesia’s continued blanket ban on international visitors. The leading Gulf carrier is now deploying a Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner with 22 flatbed seats in business class and 232 seats in economy class for the service. Qatar Airways will also add flights to Jakarta starting July 7, when the frequency will be adjusted from one daily return trip to 11 weekly services.
In a statement, the airline announced that July 1 was the largest single day of flight resumptions in its ongoing network rebuild. Bali/Denpasar was one of the 11 destinations reinstated yesterday; others included Beirut in Lebanon; no less than six European cities (Belgrade, Berlin, Edinburgh, Larnaca, Prague, and Zagreb); and in the United States, Boston, Los Angeles, and Washington, D.C.
Amid these large-scale resumptions, Qatar Airways has decided to serve a new North American destination. This Saturday, the airline is launching thrice-weekly flights to Toronto on an Airbus A350-900. Qatar’s national carrier will then restart passenger services to Turkish capital of Ankara on July 9, followed by those to the Tanzanian destinations of Zanzibar (July 11) and Kilimanjaro (July 13). Finally, July 15 will see the relaunch of three more European routes, to Bucharest, Sofia, and Venice.
By mid-July, Qatar Airways will offer over 430 weekly flights to more than 65 destinations around the world. The airline plans to resume almost two thirds of its pre-pandemic network by the end of the month, with close to 3,500 scheduled flights in total.Travelers can be reassured by strict new health and safety measures that have been implemented both in the air and on the ground. Qatar Airways is also providing customers with disposable face shields (for adults and children), which will be distributed either at the check-in counters or boarding gates. While on board, passengers will receive a complimentary protective kit with a single-use surgical face mask, disposable powder-free gloves, and hand sanitizer gel.
Qatar Airways resume flights
Source : https://www.destinasian.com/
American woman found dead by owner of her rented house located in Benoa on wednesday July 1 st 2020. The 51 years old American citizen named Mara Wolford lived in Bali for many years and was found half naked after the owner could not reach her by phone after many attempts and contacted the police who discovered her body and still investigating the cause of the woman death. According the Kuta police officer Yusak Augustinus there have been no signs of injuries but there has been find drugs and medications inside her room . For the moment the police still wait for the desion of the family to order a autopsy.Her body remains at the Sanglah hospital in Denpasar.
Mara Wolford came in the local news when she claimed to be drugged from spiked drinks in a canguu bar back in 2016.https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3683142/Woman-claims-drugged-rohypnol-Echo-Beach-Sports-Bar-north-Kuta.html And more recently on January 11 2020 when she was suspected to kill cats entering her property , but recorded the video below to defend herself.
American woman found dead
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Bali 99,99 % tourists drop during May 2020 with 36 arrivals compared with May 2019 when 486,692 tourist arrivals. During April 2020 Bali received 327 visitor and 1.050.060 foreigners visit the island from January until May 2020, This is 55 % less then the previous year when 2,306,266 visitors.
The foreign tourist visited Bali during January-May 2020 was dominated with guest from Australia %, China ,11.15 % India 6.42 % , Russia 5.39 % , Japan 4.58 % , United States 4.47 % the UK 4.43 %, South Korea 4.05 % , Malaysia 2.94 % and France with 2.79 %
China had the deepest decline during January-May 2020 with 77 % less tourists compared with January-May 2019, Followed by Malaysia with decline of55.51 % , and India has 54.92 % less guest then the previous year.
Bali 99,99 % tourists drop
Source : https://bali.tribunnews.com/
Bali hotels ready welcoming international travellers again, according to the Bali Hotels Association’s (BHA) Government Relations Director, Fransiska Handoko.. Waiting on the government's go-ahead, travel bubbles and a lack of domestic tourists are the overriding concerns for a Bali travel industry trying to battle through the COVID pandemic according to key leading speakers at the recent 'Bali Tourism - The Way Back' virtual event organized by Delivering Asia Communications and C9 Hotelworks together with the Bali Hotels Association and Horwath HTL.Fielding questions from respected travel journalist Mimi Hudoyo, TTG Asia's Editor Indonesia, Handoko was candid about the efforts of BHA members and their responses to the catastrophic impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, which has caused more disruption to the island's main industry than previous crisis.
However, Handoko pointed out, despite preparations by the island's hospitality businesses, it is the responsibility of the Bali's provincial government to make the final ruling. "Our members are more than ready to reopen, with hotels continuing training programmes and maintaining standard operating procedures. We are ready to welcome guests but the decision must come from the government."
Speaking on Bali's interest in creating travel bubbles with China, South Korea, Japan and Australia, Handoko said, "Bali and Indonesia are ready for travel bubbles. However, the rest of the world still sees Indonesia as a high-risk country, so these plans are still in the discussion stage. It may be more logical to form travel bubbles within ASEAN because of the shorter travel times. But we are still observing how the situation will evolve. One of the event highlights was an 'on-the-ground' hotel perspective from Emily Subrata, Director, Sudamala Resorts and Lucienne Anhar, Co-Owner and Managing Director, Tugu Hotels & Restaurants, who discussed the different methods hotel owners have used to counter the during the pandemic. See full interview here:
Bali hotels ready welcoming
Source : https://www.hospitalitynet.org
Bali expecting two million Chinese tourist in 2021 as coronavirus lockdowns prevent other travelers from getting to the island.The Bali Tourism Board, a peak industry body representing tourism operators on the island, expects a record-breaking 2 million Chinese tourists to visit Bali next year, far surpassing visitors from any other nation.China became the biggest source of international visitor arrivals in 2017 when 1.35 million Chinese tourists visited the island, eclipsing visitors from Australia as Bali's biggest source of tourists for the first time.
"We believe they will be drawn to Bali in even bigger numbers than before because Chinese people no longer feel very safe in America or Europe because of racism and the high rates of coronavirus infections and with the International Air Transport Association not expecting air travel to return to pre-COVID-19 levels until 2023, China looks to extend its dominance over Bali's tourism market.
"Southeast Asia will become the preferred destination for them at least for 2021 and Thailand and Bali will get the lion's share of their business," said Kurniawan.While up to 2 million Chinese visitors in a year would almost single-handedly reboot Bali's tourism-dependent economy which has been in hibernation since Indonesia banned new foreign tourists in March, not everyone on the island is happy about the prospect of so many Chinese tourists descending on the island.
A 2018 investigation by the BTB on so-called 'zero-dollar tours' coming out of China -- low-cost group packages where tourists spend much larger amounts at Chinese-owned gift shops -- found that on some tours people were spending as little as $60 for flights and hotels, with the vast majority of their holiday spending contractually committed to Chinese-owned souvenir shops.
This was the cause of disagreement between Bali and the Tourism Ministry's plan to bring 20 million tourists to Indonesia each year," said Christopher Burns, business development manager of the official Bali app. "It doesn't matter if you bring in 200 million tourists if the spend-per-person is super-low. What Bali needs is better quality tourists.'
According to Kurniawan, the cold hard calculus of the pandemic will probably weed out lower spending tourists.Because of the ongoing need for social distancing, groups of large travelers will totally disappear while cheap travel will also disappear at least for the first half of 2021 as people in that segment have lost their jobs or taken salary cuts," Kurniawan said. But the middle segment and the luxury segment will increase in Bali because fear of COVID-19 will mean they will prefer to stay in villas than hotels, and we have thousands of villas in Bali," said Kurniawan, adding that new laws introduced last February have virtually brought an end to zero-dollar tours to Bali.
But Venny Hermawan, owner of D Varee Diva, a 130-room hotel in Kuta that caters almost exclusively to Chinese tourists, says only the pandemic brought an end to zero-dollar tours.From an operations side, we still struggled with the same heavy bargaining power of wholesale agents in China," she says. "Our advertised room rate is $32 per night but they pay only $18. If you refuse, they go to your competitor."The hotel owner says small Balinese operators, those selling T-shirts, sate sticks and the like, do not benefit one iota from mass Chinese tourism.
No way will they spend a cent at those places because when they come here they have a full itinerary organized by their travel guides who take them to shopping centers for kickbacks," Hermawan explains. "It's impossible for those tourists to even walk around the street by themselves. Different cultural norms are also a concern for some Bali tour operators, who worry that large numbers of Chinese tourists will put off visitors from other nations. Still, Yulie Su, a 35-year-old Shanghai native who made his fortune as a venture capitalist in his twenties and now spends his days riding waves in Bali describes the view from the Chinese side of the table.
"I can understand why a lot of Westerners think Chinese tourists are rude but they don't even know what they are doing is wrong,And why is it wrong? It's just a different style," said Yulie. "When Chinese people are happy, we are loud, but Westerners say we shouldn't be.Yulie agrees there is potential for Chinese tourists to increase their spend in Bali.
"Our vacations are very short, only three or four days, so we don't care how much it costs. Some of the luxury resorts in Bali are very good but overall Bali is not very well developed," he said. "The hygiene standards and pollution are actually worse than in China. If they want to charge more, they have to develop more."
Yulie is also sceptical that Chinese tourists will return to Bali in such great numbers in 2021.Bali is one of our favorites. We love the people because they respect us more than they do in Europe or America.," Yulie says. "But fear of coronavirus will remain. Even when the borders open, Chinese are going to pause. We are very cautious people.The Balinese are also being cautious in their own way with a trial run for domestic tourism tipped to start in August.
We're expecting a lot of people from Jakarta to come for staycations and see if the hotels and restaurants can provide service in line with the new health and safety regulation," says Gek Indah Dispara, head of marketing at the Bali Government Tourism Office. "If things go well, gradually we will open for international tourists. Dispara won't comment on the BTB's projection for 2 million Chinese tourists in 2021, saying the focus for now is entirely on domestic tourism.Of course we hope they will return," she says. "You know Balinese never complained about Chinese tourists because the Chinese have already been here for 100 years and adapted," Dispara says.Next to Batur, our biggest lake, there's is Hindu Temple with a Chinese temple inside of it. This shows the closeness of our cultures."
Bali expecting two million
Source : https://asia.nikkei.com/
Australian prisoner Kerobokan prison Will Cabantog attempting to take own life when he was sentenced to one year in jail and has one month left. A Melbourne nightclub promoter locked up in a Bali prison has revealed his newfound drive to promote mental health awareness after he tried to hang himself with a makeshift noose. Will Cabantog is serving a one year sentence at Kerobokan prison after police raided the Lost City nightclub in Bali hot spot Canggu and found 1.12 grams of cocaine on July 19.
Fellow promoter David Van Ierseal was also arrested though only served nine months. Although he only has one month left behind bars, Cabantog admitted to Herald Sun it has been a difficult journey that has involved paying for his safety from other dangerous prisoners and a failed suicide attempt.
One night, the 36-year-old waited until after guards carried out the last head count. He then headed to the jail bathrooms with a noose fashioned out of t-shirts. Cabantog stepped up onto a stand made of gallon bottles before the makeshift noose snapped and his body hit the bathroom tiles, leaving him in a broken heap of tears.I didn't want to be remembered for coming to Bali and doing a line of coke and getting caught and thrown in a Bali jail and taking my life,' Cabantog said.When you are stripped of everything and don't have much left. It's all about the legacy you want to leave.'Cabantog reveals the near death experience was just the tip of the iceberg of his traumatising time in jail life.
Kerobokan jail was built to house 300 criminals, though currently holds more than 1,400.To make matters worse, maximum security prisoners, such as rapists and murderers, share open spaced dorms with minimum security prisoners.Cabantog says he has rented his own private cell - which can cost $250 a month - as a safety precaution. Even access to clean water comes costs $50, while cell protection and cleaning is set at $150. With all odds against him, Cabantog has worked hard to reshape his life and breaks up his day with meditating, teaching English and working on his fitness while he studies for an online certificate in mental health.
He has also received support from Bali Nine's Matthew Norman - who also shares the prison and has become a spiritual leader of sorts to other prisoners as he serves his life sentence for drug trafficking. His experiences have also prompted him to kickstart a mental health awareness campaign #speaklesslistenmore.Cabantog observed he had become a very different man to the lavish nightlife identity he peddled on social media.
Prior to his arrest, Cabantog was often photographed enjoying the party scene and posed for pictures along the likes of Australia's Honey Badger and Eddy Maguire.
Kuta Nightclub owner asking to take down videos on social media to avoid problems with the Bali authorities who finally shut it down on Thursday June 25 th 2020.
The video was recently circulated on Instagram showing a crowd of young people mostly foreigners deep clubbing at the pool club " Le Giant " at Jl legian in Kuta who only opened on March 20 th 2020.
The owner observed the video which went viral and asked his guest to take in down in message below.
"Urgent. We need you all to take every post you have made of the party on your social media down. Articles are already being written in the media about it, and if we want it to continue we have to be smart about it !, "wrote the video uploader.
So please take every post down ASAP and ask any friend of yours to also do the same! We count on you today so that we can all party again tomorrow.
The video was massive spreaded and viewed over 2 million times, perhaps also the local authorities.
On Thursday June 25 th 2020at 8 AM members of the Badung Public Order Agency (Satpol PP) and customary village authorities first dispersed the party, attended mostly by foreigners, on Thursday evening following reports from local residents that most of the attendees did not wear masks and that physical distancing measures were not imposed.
We stopped [the party] at 8 p.m. It cannot be like that. We must work based on regulations. There was no mask usage or physical distancing,” Kuta customary village chief Wayan Wasista said as reported by kompas.com on Friday. Badung Satpol PP chief I Gusti Agung Kerta Suryanegara said his office summoned representatives of the bar’s management for information. The bar, he said, had been asked to close operations starting Friday.
Following plans to gradually reopen the economy in Indonesia, many resorts and entertainment spots in Bali have enforced social distancing measures and other health protocols to prevent COVID-19 transmission.However, some businesses have yet to comply with the necessary measures.
Kuta Nightclub owner asking to take down videos
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How The Mansu corporation facing the COVID 19 Pandemic and staying operational with best offers to please everyone when its hardly needed . The Manso corporation stands for Authentic Balinese cuisine with 7 restaurants and 22 rooms hotel who are who has the Islands highest rankings on trip advisor with reviews with most restaurants presented in the top 3 of Benoa, Nusa Dua and Batu Belig.
Mr. Bob Tanjung Benoa Won certificate of Excellent 2018 & 2019 as one of the best restaurants based on Tripadvisor reviewer and also won TOP customer review 2019 by Dazhong Dianping China. This achievement is only given to the best 8 from 10,000 restaurants all over the worldMr. Bob Nusa Dua rated as number 7th Restaurant in Nusa Dua out of 213 restaurants from Tripadvisor with 1,483 reviews. Mr. Bob Batu Belig rated as the 3rd Restaurant in Kerobokan out of 157 restaurants from Trip Advisor.
Severely affected by the Pademic and forced to do close down all 7 restaurants .It was a difficult decision for the owner Bob Mansu who had to support government’s advise to minimize spreading the virus to our team members; meanwhile in term of revenue gained was not able to cover the cost. But Bob wanted to stay creative and positive so started to developing new businesses in the middle of the pandemic. He launched on May 15 th 2020 a the new Balinese spices " RAJA BUMBU "
- Bumbu Betutu (Base Gede), this perfect balance of Balinese spices suitable for cBumbu Nasi Goreng, this perfect balance of Balinese spices suitable for Nasi Goreng, Mie Goreng, Cap Cay and other oriental cuisine Sambal Ijo, this perfect balance of green chili and other spices. Mild taste and rich in flavor hicken, seafood, meat Balinese soups
He re opened restaurant Raja Bumbu with revolutionary menu with not the intention to make profit,
but to serve anyone with healthy Balinese dishes and to keep part of his staff occupied.
On June 26 th 2020 Mr Bob Bar and Grill Nusa Dua reopened after nearly 3 months closure located at l. Nusa Dua | Before Nusa Dua Main Gate, in the left side, no 555.
More info : http://mrbobbarandgrill.com
Bali deports Yoha instructor from Ubud to Syria
Bali deports Syrian Yoha instructor for holding a crowded gathering that violated the Indonesian holiday island's coronavirus restrictions ( VIDEO ).
House of Om, a holistic retreat in Bali's cultural hub of Ubud, found itself in a hot water after a video went viral showing at least sixty foreign yoga enthusiasts crammed together at a gathering last week. Few of the cross-legged participants wore masks or kept a distance from each other, sparking widespread anger in Bali where coronavirus infections have been on the rise. On Wednesday, the island's immigration department said it would deport retreat co-founder Wissam Barakeh, 45, to his native Syria for breaking rules that prohibit gatherings of more than two dozen people. He didn't try to cancel the event even after the number of participants exceeded what's allowed by the government," said Jamaruli Manihuruk, the head of Bali's justice and legal office.
Holding this during the pandemic is dangerous
Barakeh was in Bali on a temporary visa, is now being held at an immigration centre until plans to return him to his homeland. The volume of flights to and from Bali has plummeted in the midst of the global pandemic and Bali has not direct flights to Syria.